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What We Love

  • The vibe manages to be sophisticated without being stuffy
  • Cooking course with Michelin one-star chef Gilles Charpy of Montagu restaurant
  • Some cottages and apartments put you right on the fairway
  • Hydrangeas and rhododendrons bloom on the golf course
  • The Stable Bar, which has walls that once separated horses' stalls

What To Know

  • Not all rooms have the romantic castle view
  • Comfort Club Rooms have no air conditioning
  • The nearest serious shopping is about 22 miles away
  • For nightlife, you will have to drive to nearby towns
  • The pools are very small; Atlantic beaches are half an hour away

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Golf Course
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

The Review

One glimpse of the on-site castle tells guests that a stay at Domaine de la Bretesche will be out of the ordinary. It’s the property’s block of ivy-covered outbuildings — once the working heart of the castle for blacksmiths and cooks — that houses the hotel rooms.

Visitors often expect rooms to be formal and staid, but inside, riotous reds and rich mole and gold enliven the original stone and wood. With a background in haute couture, hotel stylist Marina Bessé brought a daring sense of color to the property’s 32 individually styled rooms. Designer fabrics, leathers and stone contribute to a high-end ambience.

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While 15th-century visitors to the chateau rode through the nearby woods hunting for quail and hare, current guests are more likely to be looking for a little white ball that went astray. An 18-hole course challenges golfers’ concentration in what has been called the “most beautiful golf course in France, and maybe in the world” (per Golf Courses of the World).

Being a non-golfer, I was content to gaze at the weeping willows on a stroll through parts of the 500-acre property. Others borrow bicycles to explore, make use of the tennis courts or swim in the indoor or outdoor pool. After active pursuits (or perhaps instead of them), schedule a treatment at the Spa Cour Caré, where soft music and natural stone surroundings combine with a medley of herbal aromas to create a relaxing vibe.

Unless you plan to spend all of your time playing golf and eating on-site, a car is highly recommended. To experience more of the area, friendly staff members will help you plot out a drive to sights along the aptly named Côte d’Amour. From the domain of the romantic castle to the Coast of Love, Domaine de La Bretesche makes for a peaceful, rejuvenating getaway.

How to Get There

Hotel & Spa de la Bretesche
Domaine de la Bretesche
Missillac, 44780 France

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 551 Reviews
Beautiful spot
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This hotel is in the grounds of a breathtaking chateau. There is a lake and grounds and a golf course. The room itself was a bit pokey and dark and the washing facilities dated. But the rest of the hotel was lovely. Both pools were cold so we didn’t venture in but we did borrow bikes to cycle around the grounds. Be careful with meals as unless you book in the hotel (we didn’t) you may not find any local eateries open. We were out of season in June but eating was a real hassle.

Wonderful property and grounds but some work on bar and restaurant service needed
Reviewed 6 months ago

This is a dramatic venue, with the fairy-tale castle looming over the charming lake and stable building that houses the Relais et Chateaux Hotel and Michelin Star restaurant.

Reception services were pleasant and helpful, and the room was fine with housekeeping of high standard.

The hotel was very dog-friendly and the staff very positive towards our Labrador.

Whilst fairly compact, the massage treatments we received in the spa were excellent.

The bar was quirky and wonderful, being adapted with minimal changes from the stables. Unfortunately (and oddly) this appeared unmanned so it required going to reception to order, which was a little inconvenient.

Unfortunately the main restaurant was closed throughout our stay and we were directed to the Club Bistro. This was less impressive; whilst one waiter was friendly and helpful, a second (the more senior) unhelpful and grumpy to the point of near-adversarial. We had a decent experience on the first night, a tolerable experience (having got up to leave after 15 minutes of being ignored from being shown to the table) the second night, and things so unpleasant on the third night that we aborted and walked into the village in the rain, where we had a simple but marvellous meal at La Fontaine.

The experience in the Club seriously impacted on our overall enjoyment of the stay and fell far short of the standard expected from Relais et Chateaux establishments.

We would likely return, but only if the main restaurant was operational.

A Castle in a Magical Setting
Reviewed 7 months ago

Beautiful grounds and a castle on a lake. Our luxurious, elegant and large room (and very beautiful bathroom), faced the lake and the castle. The dinner lived up to it's stars and the breakfast was excellent. The grounds are incredibly lush and wonderful.....If we were golfers, we certainly would have wanted to play here. It was an unplanned stop for us, but next time in the area, we will certainly want several nights here.

Very nice place
Reviewed 8 months ago

This place is kind of in the middle of nowhere but in a very pleasant and beautiful location
The rooms are very nice and comfortable
The staff was very nice pleasant and helpful to us
I’m not sure what others are complaint about but we had no issues at all
The elaborate formal restaurant was very good but you wouldn’t eat there more than once
At least I wouldn’t
There is another restaurant but only open 2 days a week
This I think is a real mistake
I would have been happy to eat in hotel more but couldn’t
They should offer an additional simple menu at the formal restaurant or have the other restaurant open every day
There aren’t many close by choices
The location is good for exploring this part of the coast
The grounds are really very beautiful
The pool is nice
There is golf but I don’t play
There were some very loud annoying and obnoxious guests
I’m surprised they were tolerated
But
Overall We enjoyed our stay very much

Very Good, High Price
Reviewed 9 months ago

This hotel is in a lovely location – pretty and peaceful but you need to be aware that the hotel main building is the converted coach and livery building, not the old chateau. Our fairly expensive ‘Prestige’ room was very pleasant with an outlook to the lake and the chateau, although, being on the north, was a little dark. The very large bed was particularly comfortable. The only thing lacking was a tea/coffee making facility. The golf course is pretty good, as is the hotel’s main Montaigu Restaurant (see separate reviews).
All the staff are excellent. My only adverse comment is that, for the high room cost why not include the breakfast rather than make the additional €24 pp charge? OK, the breakfast was very good, especially their bread, croissants, pastries, fruit etc and even pre-prepared scrambled eggs (a rare achievement in my experience). It was a nice, relaxing few days’ stay in a good location